April 24, 1893
The final stage of the local cup competition was reached on Saturday, when Everton and Liverpool, who had not hitherto met, played for possession of the trophy for the next twelve months. Great interest was centred in the event, notwithstanding threats that only second teams would be placed in the field. Better counsels as the last hour prevailed, and though Everton were dependent on a mixed eleven, the sides were strong.
Everton: Richard Williams, Arthur Chadwick, John Collins, Dickie Boyle, Johnny Holt, B. Coyle, Patrick Gordon, Murray, Abe Hartley, James McMillan, Jock Elliott.
Liverpool: William McOwen, Andrew Hannah, Duncan McLean, John McCartney, Joe McQue, James McBride, Malcolm McVean, Thomas Wyllie, John Miller, Matt McQueen, Hugh McQueen.
Everton were first to appear to be followed quickly by Liverpool, and each were well received. Herbie Arthur was referee.
Elliott won the toss, and Liverpool kicked off, in the presence of about 10,000 people, with the wind, but had to face the sun.
The Anfield men lost no time in getting down to goal, and Williams was forced to give a corner in fisting out a fine shot by H. McQueen. Pressure was great, and another corner was conceded by Williams. A third flag-kick was taken – all to no purpose.
A foul was given against Everton, and this led up to more hard defence, during which Williams put behind from McCartney’s heading shot. Wyllie also aimed very well, and then Liverpool had to defend briefly, but Hannah checked the left wing. McVean ran down nicely, when Gordon kicked out.
Liverpool had the best of the play so far, being quicker and better combined than their opponents. A good movement by Hartley, McMillan, and Elliott was the cleverest thing up to now for Everton, but the ball went out, and on McLean kicking up McBride shot in beautifully, and Williams saved finely to the high aim.
Hands against Boyle broke up a raid by Everton, and this was followed by exciting and good play near Williams. M. McQueen screwed the ball just over the bar, and then H. McQueen sent across but the pass could not be reached. McOwen was at length called upon, running out and clearing cleverly, and Liverpool again bothered the Everton backs for some minutes, but Chadwick put in some useful kicks. McLean also was effective until Gordon beat both him and McBride, though a shot was prevented.
Gordon, after further pressure by Liverpool, with Murray, worked the ball along very neatly when Hannah rushed across and removed the danger. In reply, M. McQueen made a jumping charge at Holt in such a manner as to be reprimanded by the referee. McCartney was then penalised for holding, but the free kick was adroitly turned to Liverpool’s advantage, as on Miller passing to Wyllie, the latter scored a good goal with a low shot, Liverpool thus taking the lead after 35 minutes play.
M. McQueen next had a fair chance, but was unsteady, and put wildly over the line. Chadwick stopped a hard one from a tussle at the corner, and then the ball went into the net from a free kick untouched. McQue dispossessed the Everton right wing very cleanly, and shortly following he and Murray were at combat, the referee, after explanations, deciding to throw the ball up.Liverpool took up the attack, and sustained it almost up to the interval, which arrived with Everton in the minority of a goal.
On resuming McCartney fouled McMillan, but Elliott could not quite succeed in heading into goal from Collins’s place kick, and Gordon rattled in with good shots, forcing corners. Liverpool moved down on the right without getting in a shie at goal, and in reply Coyle came out well for effective play against Wyllie and McVean. The ball was again propelled on the Everton right, but it went out, and then Wyllie had an opening. He would not tackle Williams, however, and the otherwise smart play proved abortive.
Everton came smartly back, when Elliott headed behind. McLean was next cheered for grand work, and Liverpool looked likely to jump further ahead, as, on clustering in front of goal, Wyllie, shot in hard and straight, but Williams saved brilliantly. Everton tried once more to get the mastery of Boyle and succeeded, but Holt went to the rescue and was bowled over by M. McQueen.
Coyle gave hands, and this threw H. McQueen on the ball, he shooting very fairly. A hot tussle in front of McOwen was the next incident, and so hard put to were Liverpool that three corners were exacted. These were not any use, and danger was soon experienced at the other end. Miller, however, just failed to take a fine centre by McVean. Hoult fouled M. McQueen, and, after some play, Miller made poor use of an easy chance.
Amidst great excitement both teams played determinedly. Everton, if anything, were more frequently on the attack, but there was a weakness at close quarters, Hartley invariably being too slow for the active defenders. The Liverpool right wing menaced goal once or twice, but Collins made a good save, whilst on another occasion Wyllie almost grazer the post on taking a running pass from his partner.
Liverpool then resorted to kicking out, as Everton woke up for a determined effort to save the match. They were very near equalising in the last few minutes. A corner was given them, and during the scrimmage Everton allege that the ball had been fisted deliberately by one of the backs, and claimed a penalty kick. This the referee would not allow. After consulting the linesmen (Messrs. Hull and Lamont), Mr. Arthur threw up the ball, and, it having been kicked clear the whistle sounded, amidst much confusion.
(Liverpool Mercury: April 24, 1893)